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NEW YORK -- Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams is no longer wearing a walking boot and said he'll take the court with the team on Tuesday for its first training-camp practice at Duke University in Durham, N.C.
Williams sprained his right ankle and suffered a bone bruise during an offseason workout in Utah.
He said Nets trainer Tim Walsh wants him to take it slow, but he expects to be healthy by the start of the regular season Oct. 30 against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
"My ankle's doing better," Williams said at the team's media day availability at Barclays Center. "The main thing right now is I could probably go out there and do everything. But if I tweak my ankle or have a setback, then that wouldn't be good. So right now we're just gonna take it slow and see how things go."
Williams, 29, is coming off an injury-plagued 2012-13 season. He played in 78 games despite being bothered by ankle inflammation and weight problems for the majority of the season.
"Personally, I just want to get better overall," Williams said. "The last couple years have not been my greatest, so I just want to get back to the way I'm playing and get my confidence back to the way it should to be."
Williams struggled last season up until the All-Star break, when he received a third set of cortisone shots in both ankles. During that week, Williams also received platelet-rich plasma therapy treatment and did a three-day juice cleanse.
The week off did wonders for Williams, who returned to his elite form, averaging 22.9 points and 8.0 assists in the final 28 games of the season. The ankle inflammation began when Williams was playing in the Olympics for Team USA.
USA Basketball president Jerry Colangelo said Williams was out of shape when he suffered the injury. Last offseason, Williams said he took only four days off while preparing for the Olympics and then playing in them.
He vowed to take more time off this offseason. Williams, who is entering the second year of the five-year, $98 million contract he signed with the Nets in July 2012, frequently posted videos of his vigorous offseason workout regimens this summer via social media.
Williams said the team's loss to the the Chicago Bulls in Game 7 of the first round of the playoffs left a sour taste in the Nets' mouths, and he believes it will fuel them this season.
"I just think that if you look at Game 7, we kind of were soft," Williams said of the team's identity. "That's the only way to put it. [But with the additions of Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett], I don't see that being a problem this year."
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